The student government at Texas Tech purchased new bike racks in 2009 to promote environmentally friendly transportation on campus. Students have also established a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) student chapter, which has over 80 members. The group promotes green building and other sustainability initiatives through educational workshops. The group helped organize TTU’s Arbor Day, which committed to recycling all waste produced at the event. The USGBC chapter also helped organize the first Spring into Green, a community event focused on sustainability. In spring 2009, students organized an open forum entitled Green Campus Action Plan to highlight the need for sustainability throughout the university.